APSP officials currently are trying to ascertain how the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act affects portable spas.

A big question: Must spa drains be tested to work alone rather than as part of a pair, considering that a portable hot tub is manufactured in a controlled environment with multiple suction outlets?

The industry is trying to alter the ASME/ANSI standard to allow testing as part of a multidrain system. Barring any obstacles, this could happen as quickly as 60 days, said APSP Senior Technical Director Carvin DiGiovanni. But, he added, if any major objections occur, it could take closer to six months or even a year.